Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Elusive Mandarin Fish

Palau is known for its mandarin fish, these tiny little colorful things that like to hand out in the rocks and shun the sunlight.  We've looked for them since we got here and have seen a few but inevitably Andy either doesn't have his camera or they run and hide.  Until yesterday.  Here are a few of the pictures Andy took on the rock behind our boat and at Sam's dock.  Enjoy!


Jellyfish and buddies

Crocodile Fish

Hermit Crab


Gobie kicking the nudibranch out of his yard

Gobie and shrimp




Chuck Heberle said...

Awesome pics!

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos! I think that the shrimp and goby are a special bond. If I remember correctly, that shrimp is blind and digs the hole for the goby. Once a goby takes up residence, the shrimp stays by and uses the goby to tell him when danger is approaching. If you look closely, one of the shrimp's antenna are touching the goby, which is how the "talk". Cool eh?

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